Embrace the Moment: Time is On Your Side with Melissa Toole (Episode #86)

Melissa TooleDr. Lynn Hellerstein of Vision Beyond Sight speaks with Melissa Toole, preschool teacher and children’s book author, to talk about Time is On Your Side, her first children's book that inspires everyone to embrace the moment, live in the present and be surrounded by creativity, kindness, honesty and enthusiasm, like happy, imaginative kids we all used to be.

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  • Melissa’s background in showbiz and as a preschool teacher shaped her
  • Working with creative and imaginative kids
  • When kids lose their carefree imagination
  • Melissa’s inspiration for her book, Time is On Your Side, for kids 4-9 years old
  • The importance of embracing the moment
  • How to find and purchase the book online
  • Being surrounded by creativity, kindness, honesty and enthusiasm as exhibited by kids

About Melissa Toole:

Melissa Toole was born in New York City, to soap opera stars John and Sandy Gabriel. He was Dr. Seneca Beaulac on Ryan’s Hope, she was Edna Thorton on All My Children. Her childhood home was constantly hosting directors, actors, dancers, and writers. Melissa went to Tulane University, then went on to co-host a tv show called Oddville, MTV. Her sister Andrea Gabriel is an actress best known for playing Nadia on the popular series Lost. 

Currently, she is a preschool teacher in Bedford, New York. This is her first book, carrying a message she holds dear - to embrace the moment. 

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“When [the character] meets Time, he says to her, ‘You know I get a bad rep. People are always blaming me for their lives moving too quickly. I think it’s the humans that are at fault. They are the ones that move too quickly. They are the ones that are always thinking about yesterday. They’re always thinking about tomorrow. How about the beautiful todays that I give you? Why don’t you appreciate those?’” – Melissa Toole

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Dr. Lynn Hellerstein, Developmental Optometrist, co-owner of Hellerstein & Brenner Vision Center, P.C., award-winning author and international speaker, holds powerful and inspiring conversations with her guests in the areas of health, wellness, education, sports and psychology. They share their inspirational stories of healing and transformation through their vision expansion. Vision Beyond Sight Podcast will help you see with clarity, gain courage and confidence. Welcome to Vision Beyond Sight!

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About Dr. Lynn

A pioneer in vision therapy and developmental optometry, for more than 30 years, Dr. Lynn Hellerstein has helped thousands of children and adults improve their vision and transform their lives — at home, in the classroom, and most recently on the playing field. Her breakthrough methods unlock barriers to learning and “rewire” around brain injuries, and vision perception or processing deficits. But you don’t have to have a vision problem to benefit: her brain training strategies may be the missing magic if you’re an athlete trying to nail a tricky shot or stay cool in competition. If it’s a skill you can visualize, Dr. Hellerstein can help train your eyes — and mind’s eye — on success.

Award-winning and #1 bestselling author, Dr. Lynn has published numerous professional peer reviewed articles, chapters and four books.

See It. Say It. Do It! (2009) - How to see/recognize your goal, declare your intention, and taking action to achieve your vision.

See It. Say It. Do It! Organize It! (2011) - How to create a step by step process to make achieving your goal a reality.

50 Tips To Improve Your Sports Performance (2013) - How to improve your sports performance today by enhancing eye-mind-body coordination skills, achieving the mental edge, and preventing injuries.

Expand Your Vision (2021) - Discover the power of the seeing brain…the creator of your true vision. Gain Clarity, Courage, and Confidence. In this #1 Amazon best-selling innovative newest book, the power of visualizing and believing in the process to break through internal barriers and create new possibilities for achieving your goal is explored. Visualization can be used to increase creativity, to reduce stress and anxiety, and to build confidence in all of the things that they do.